Fire destroys home northeast of Lynden

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 19, 2014 

LYNDEN - A house northeast of Lynden is a "total loss" after a fire late Saturday, May 17, according to North Whatcom Fire and Rescue.

No one was injured in the fire that started around 11 p.m. at 2274 Pangborn Road. It took two hours to contain, said North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Chief Ron Anderson.

Crews stayed on the scene all night to make sure the fire didn't flare up again and spread to other buildings on the property, Anderson said.

The home and its contents had been valued at about $200,000.

Investigators believe the fire started in a small sewing room - used for storage, as well as stitching - on the southwest side of the home. It's been ruled an accident. However, fire officials were still investigating the cause Monday, focusing on a treadmill, a freezer and other appliances in the sewing room, said Mitch Nolze, an investigator with the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office.

Volunteers from the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross said they responded to three house fires within 30 hours over the weekend. The fires displaced three families, a total of seven people. Two of the three homes were completely destroyed, they said.

Reach Elana Pidgeon at 360-715-2249 or elana.pidgeon@bellinghamherald.com.

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